|Counseling and Psychiatric Services for Adolescents and Young Adults
|Adolescence and young adulthood is a time of tremendous change and challenge. It is a time of transition in many areas including dealing with relationships, decision making and becoming more independent, spiritual questioning, cultural pressures and physical/ hormonal changes. These rapid transitions can become personally overwhelming or disrupt a family’s functioning.At Doorways, we understand troubled teens and these normal stressors and the toll they can sometimes take on an adolescent or their family. Our staff will carefully assess for adjustment issues that may be affecting an adolescent’s or young adult’s emotional health such as:
- Mood Disorders
Depression, Bipolar Disorders
Excessive sadness, irritability, anger, not experiencing pleasure, thoughts of death, mood swings, risky/acting out behaviors, racing thoughts
- Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety disorder
(GAD), Panic disorder, Social phobia, overwhelming worry, fears, or panic attacks, perfectionism, superstitions and rituals, repeating patterns or thoughts “stuck in your head.”
- Eating Disorders
Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, Binge Eating disorder, “Drunkorexia”
Eating related difficulties having to do with extreme focus on body size and weight or on using food to meet emotional needs. There are a large variety of disordered eating patterns related to emotional issues such as effects of trauma and abuse and anxiety disorders.
- Trauma and Abuse
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is treated in our Trauma IOP. Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) utilizes Exposure-Based Therapies with Mindfulness-Based Therapies (i.e. DBT) in efforts to process through past traumatic memories while establishing new ways of coping with life. Individuals struggling with PTSD may have continual nightmares of past events, experience symptoms or “flashbacks,” avoidance of people, places or things that bring a high level of anxiety, and hyper-vigilance, or the inability to calm down.
- Suicide Prevention
Risk factors include depression, recent losses, frequent thoughts of death, use of drugs or alcohol and previous suicide attempts.
- Substance Abuse
Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, weight loss drugs, illegal substances
Excessive use of substances leading to significant distress, risky behavior, legal problems, physical problems or inability to function in normal life functions (i.e.work or school)
- Self Harm
Self Harm- Self-inflicted injury as a way to cope with, or numb out from, painful emotions
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)(ADD)
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)(ADD) – Excessive difficulty with attentiveness, focus, and distractibility or hyperactivity which interferes with school or work functions.
- Nutrition Counseling and Dietitian Services (Onsite and Offsite)
A registered dietitian is available to provide nutritional services for: athletes, vegetarians, internationals confused about American food, allergy sufferers, disordered eating or eating disorder clients, weight management, need for weight loss or gain, teenagers with diabetes or other medical conditions. Find out more: Nutrition Counseling and Dietitian Services
- Onsite Counseling Services
Doorways is available by contract to provide confidential, professional, onsite counseling (counceling) services to schools and universities, community organizations, associations and more. Find out more: Onsite Counseling Services
Adolescent DBT Groups
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is widely known as the therapeutic approach with the most extensive coping skills component. DBT has been used for the past 40 years and over the past 10 years has become a consistent part of most, successful eating disorder treatment programs. DBT breaks life into four main areas, relationships, thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Since all of these areas are typically dysregulated during the course of the illness, DBT is tailored made for treating eating disorders. Ongoing enrollment. Contact our office for more details.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP):
Adolescent Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Programs, Young Adult Trauma Intensive Outpatient Programs. For more information on our IOP Program click here.
1825 E. Northern Ave. Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85020